2022 SOT Award Recipients

SOT Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 SOT Award recipients. The awardees will be honored during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 27–31, 2022. The citations for the 2022 SOT Award recipients, as well as a list of the 2021 SOT Endowment Fund Award recipients, also are available in the 2022 SOT Awards Program.

L. Goldman

Honorary Membership

Lynn R. Goldman, MD

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC

J. Cui

Achievement Award

Julia Yue Cui, PhD, DABT

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

J. Fisher

Arnold J. Lehman Award

Jeffrey W. Fisher, PhD

ScitoVation, Durham, NC

P. Nagarkatti

Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

S. Barros

Education Award

Silvia Berlanga de Moraes Barros, PharmD, PhD

University of São Paulo School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, São Paulo, Brazil

A. Clippinger

Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

Amy J. Clippinger, PhD

PETA Science Consortium International e.V., Norfolk, VA

L. Naas

Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology)

Leigh Ann Burns Naas, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT

Magnolia Toxicology Consulting LLC, Traverse City, MI

U. Kodavanti

Leading Edge in Basic Science Award

Urmila Kodavanti, PhD, DABT

US EPA/CPHEA, Research Triangle Park, NC

L. Birnbaum

Merit Award

Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS

NIEHS/NTP, Research Triangle Park, NC

J. Wise

Toxicologist Mentoring Award

John P. Wise Sr., PhD

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

T. Guilarte

Translational Impact Award

Tomás R. Guilarte, PhD

Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Miami, FL

K. Willet

Undergraduate Educator Award

Kristine Willett, PhD

University of Mississippi, University, MS


Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award

Selected by the SOT Board of Publications, this award recognizes the author(s) of a paper published in the official SOT journal, Toxicological Sciences, during the 12-month period terminating with the June issue of the calendar year preceding the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented.

High-Throughput Transcriptomic Analysis of Human Primary Hepatocyte Spheroids Exposed to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances as a Platform for Relative Potency Characterization.

Andrea Rowan-Carroll, Anthony Reardon, Karen Leingartner, Remi Gagné, Andrew Williams, Matthew J. Meier, Byron Kuo, Julie Bourdon-Lacombe, Ivy Moffat, Richard Carrier, Andy Nong, Luigi Lorusso, Stephen S. Ferguson, Ella Atlas, and Carole Yauk.

2021. Toxicological Sciences 181, no. 2 (June): 199–214.

Paper Merits

Supported Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

A. Williams

Bristol Myers Squibb Graduate Student Research Training Award to Promote Diversity in Toxicology

Aggie Williams, BA

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Project Title:
“Particulate Hexavalent Chromium Exposure Suppresses BCDX2 Complex Response in Human Lung Cells”

A. Cariboni

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Anna Maria Cariboni, PhD

Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, Milan, Italy

Project Title:
“Exploring the Impact of Nanoplastics on Sexual Reproduction by Applying Tailored In Vitro Models of Developing and Maturing GnRH Neurons”

A. Veiga-Lopez

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research

Almudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Project Title:
“Novel 3-Dimensional Hepatic-Placental Tandem Organ-on-a-Chip: A Platform to Study Drug Effects during Gestational Hypoxia”

I. Morales Pantoja

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology

Itzy Morales Pantoja, PhD

Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), Baltimore, MD

Project Title:
In Vitro Microfluidic-3D MEA System to Enable Higher Biocomplexity of Human Brain Organoid Model for the Study of Neurodegeneration”

E. Kozlova

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies

Elena Kozlova, AS, BS

University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA

Project Title:
“Maternal Transfer of Oxytocin and Thyroid-Disrupting Indoor Flame Retardants Affecting Offspring Social Brain”

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) aims to increase the global impact of toxicology on human health and safety by working to strengthen toxicology programs and capacity at universities throughout the world. The SOT Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program provides funding support for senior-level scientists from countries recognized as part of the SOT Global Economy Support Programs to visit senior-level scientists with an established toxicology program to gain insight into toxicology research programs. The host senior scientist returns the visit to offer further advice and guidance to the supported toxicology program.

C. Otuechere


Chiagoziem Anariochi Otuechere, PhD

Redeemer’s University, Ede, Nigeria

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Nisha A R


Nisha A R, PhD

College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Kerala, India

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L. Tang


Lili Tang, PhD

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

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B. Gadagbui


Bernard Gadagbui, PhD, DABT, ERT

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, Cincinnati, OH

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M. Dourson


Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, Cincinnati, OH

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Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards

Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly, the Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards recognize outstanding work accomplished during formal mentored postdoctoral traineeships by recognizing recently published exceptional papers in the field of toxicology.

M. Kosnik

Marissa B. Kosnik, PhD

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark

Kosnik, Marissa B., Stefan Enroth, and Oskar Karlsson. 2021.
“Distinct Genetic Regions Are Associated with Differential Population Susceptibility to Chemical Exposures.”
Environment International 152 (March): 106488.

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Q. Lin

Qian Lin, PhD

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Lin, Qian, Zhifeng Huang, Genxiang Cai, Xia Fan, Xiaoqing Yan, Zhengshuai Liu, Zehua Zhao, Jingya Li, Jia Li, Hongxue Shi, Maiying Kong, Ming-Hua Zheng, Daniel J. Conklin, Paul N. Epstein, Kupper A. Wintergerst, Moosa Mohammadi, Lu Cai, Xiaokun Li, Yu Li, and Yi Tan. 2021.
“Activating Adenosine Monophosphate–Activated Protein Kinase Mediates Fibroblast Growth Factor 1 Protection from Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Mice.”
Hepatology 73, no. 6 (June): 2206–22.

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E. Kimura

Eiki Kimura, PhD

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Kimura, Eiki, Masanobu Kohda, Fumihiko Maekawa, Yoshiaki Fujii-Kuriyama, and Chiharu Tohyama. 2021.
“Neurons Expressing the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in the Locus Coeruleus and Island of Calleja Major Are Novel Targets of Dioxin in the Mouse Brain.”
Histochemistry and Cell Biology 156 (August): 147–63.

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Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award

This award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student from a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in toxicology who previously participated in the SOT Undergraduate Program and is presenting a paper during the upcoming SOT Annual Meeting.

M. Flores

Midori R. Flores

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Abstract Title: Space Toxicology: An Emerging Environmental Health Field

SOT Undergraduate Research Award

These awards recognize outstanding undergraduates who have not yet received their bachelor’s degrees and are presenting research at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The goal of these awards is to foster interest in graduate studies in the field of toxicology.

E. Ampolini

Elizabeth Ampolini

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Abstract Title: Polyploidy Confers Protection from Chemotherapy Drug Toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans

H. Eby

Helena C. Eby

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA

Abstract Title: Evaluating the Anti-Proliferative Effects of a PPARβ/δ Ligand Isosteric Selenium Replacement in a Human Melanoma Cell Line

E. Huang

Eileen L. Huang

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Abstract Title: The Mechanism of Immune Cell Clearance during the Resolution Phase of Acetaminophen-Induced Liver Injury in Mice

P. Kamitsuka

Paul J. Kamitsuka

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Abstract Title: Huntingtin and Vanadium Cooperatively Induce Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Inhibit Compensatory Neuroprotective Mechanisms in a Striatal Cell Model

K. Lee

Kaiden M. Lee

College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

Abstract Title: JUUL E-liquids’ Impact on Human Osteoblast-Like Cells: Unmineralized and Mineralized Bone Markers

A. Mathur

Aakriti Mathur

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: US FDA/NCTR, Jefferson, AK

Abstract Title: Effects of Arsenic Exposure on Host Susceptibility to Bacterial Infection

J. Oladosu

Jadesola I. Oladosu

North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

Abstract Title: Characterizing Environmental Mixtures and Their Contribution to Breast Cancer Risk: State of the Evidence

K. Ozkuyumcu

Kevin Ozkuyumcu

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract Title: Sulfur Mustard Vapor Alters Epidermal Growth and Differentiation in Göttingen Minipig Skin

Z. Qaissi

Zayna Qaissi

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Abstract Title: Evaluation of Sex-Dependent Effects Caused by Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposures on Cancer Endpoints Using an ’Omics Approach

J. Reyes

Jarett Reyes

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract Title: Ti Deposition in Fetal Tissue Evaluated against Uterine Position and Fetal Sex after Maternal Inhalation of Nano-TiO2 during Pregnancy

F. Rossi

Francesca Rossi

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Abstract Title: Association of Ergot Alkaloid Profiles with Insect Tolerance in Grass Cultivars

A. Sparling

Anna Clare Sparling

Duke University, Durham, NC

Abstract Title: Sex Differences in Mitochondrial Function and Susceptibility to Mitochondrial Toxicants in C. elegans

T. Xie

Tingying Xie

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract Title: Novel Keap1-Nrf2 Direct Inhibitors Reduce Estrogen-Induced Effects in Estrogen Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

Y. Yu

Yifan Yu

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Institution Where Research Was Conducted: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Abstract Title: RNA-Binding Protein HuR Protects Mice against Western Diet–Induced Hepatic Steatosis, Inflammation, and Fibrosis

Undergraduate Diversity Program Travel Awards

The Undergraduate Diversity Travel Awards provide the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The goal of the program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds to graduate school in the biomedical sciences, especially toxicology. Several non-SOT member undergraduate faculty advisors also receive travel funding to attend.